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John Hammond’s Marathon Runs

John Hammond

Tomorrow, John Hammond, who has already run 42 miles in his Stadium run just a couple of weeks ago to help raise funds for Edie, is embarking on a new challenge. He has decided that to raise awareness of DIPG around the UK he is going to run a marathon in the home town of each of the other 4 children from the UK, who are currently receiving treatment in Mexico. John is well know on the Wirral and has had amazing support and it’s time to spread this awareness further.

John Hammond
These marathons are not being spaced out however, they are being run over 4 days, in 3 different countries!

All money raised will be split between the 6 children currently fighting DIPG in Mexico.

  • The Spider-Ede Appeal – Edie May Molyneux – #fight4edie
  • Lucy’s Pineapple Fund – Lucy Moroney – #helplucy
  • Kaleigh’s Trust – Kaleigh Lau – #teamkaleigh
  • Cure4Cam – Cameron Finnegan – #cure4camfund
  • Help Luke – Luke Stewart – #helpluke
  • Association Princesse Zoé – Zoé Donneaud – #tousaveczoé

The Marathons

John will be starting his first marathon on Thursday 15th March at 10am in Waringstown, Northern Ireland. Starting from Camerons school, Brownlow Integrated College, Craigavon, Cameron’s Dad, some family friends and some of the children at Cameron’s school will be joining John at some part of the run.

John will then fly back to Liverpool Airport and drive down to Southampton to run a Marathon in Zoe’s home town on Friday 16th March at 10am. There is no particular route planned at the moment.

Saturday 17th March brings an early start, 7.30am! John will be joined by his friend Dave Huyton and they will both be running in Kaleigh’s home town, starting from the Premier Inn Buckhurst Hill and joining in with the Hackney Marshes Parkrun around 9am.

Finally a long drive up to Scotland for both John and Dave, where they will be running their marathon in Luke’s homeland, East Lothian. This will be a 10amstart with no route planned at the moment.

John continues to raise awareness for both Edie and Lucy, who are both from John’s home, Wirral. As he already does so much to support both campaigns and recently ran a 42 mile run from Manchester to Wirral via Liverpool, it was decided in order to raise more awareness outside of Wirral he would run his marathons for all children in the 4 other areas. Plus the decision to miss out Wirral is because we know that the people of Wirral will support John no matter where he runs!

With Thanks

John and all 6 families would like to thank the below companies for sponsoring John in his 4 marathons for 6 children;

Thank you also to:

14 Degrees Down for printing John and Dave’s marathon t-shirts.

A big thank you to Steve Smith (Part of The Spider-Ede Appeal fundraising team) for lending John his car to make the journey from Liverpool to Southampton, London, Scotland and back to Wirral.

Finally, we also want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to John himself, who is selflessly donating his time and energy to help raise awareness of all 6 UK children currently receiving treatment in Mexico.

To show your support you can sponsor John on his JustGiving page.

Weekly Roundup – 18th March

Hi all, it’s our weekly round-up post to say thank you to those who have held an event or participated in a sponsored event for us and to let you know what you can look forward to next week! As always, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is mentioned below, for those who have attended/supported and for everyone who has made a donation no matter what size. We appreciate you all ❤️💙

We are adding more and more events to our calendar so please take a look on this to see what’s going on in the next week at

On Tuesday we collected a cheque from Town Lane Infants plus some additional cash donations totalling just over £485 from their non-uniform day. Thank you to all who donated. Townfield Lane also held a non-uniform day and raised over £536. St. Andrew’s Primary raised over £243 Again, thank you to the school, children and parents who donated.

In the evening our own Colin Farley held his Cheesy Bingo event and raised over £307! We’ve seen some videos of this and it looks like everyone there had a good laugh!

On Thursday John Hammond started his 4 marathons in 4 days, and flew to Northern Ireland for his first marathon. On Friday he drove to Southampton from Wirral, ran his second marathon, and then drove to London that evening, refuelling with a couple of Guiness! On Saturday he ran his marathon in a snowy Essex with Dave Huyton, and then they both drove a bit of a scary drive in the snow up to Scotland, and they ran the final marathon today. Both are amazing for doing what they’ve done and all the families are overwhelmed with their gesture.

On Friday – we had an early St Patricks Day celebration event at the Joey’s in Birkenhead. It was enjoyed by everyone and raised over £595!

On Saturday we were out in force over in Liverpool Central Station and Mathew Street rattling our buckets with live music playing in the station. Thank you to anyone who donated and to all of our volunteers who took a few hours out of their Saturday to help collect for us. We raised over £2000!

In the evening we had the Reds v Blues Charity Sportsman Dinner at Knockaloe Hall in Bromborough. Another great evening for those who attended and the holiday to New York was won by the highest bidder, Vivienne Redmond. We don’t have the final amount yet but they raised over £4500!

Today, Titan’s Gym in Birkenhead held their Ju-Jitsu competition. Simon Jones and Paul Wijjf completed 100 rounds and, along with a cake sale at the event, raised £420, well done all involved!

We had the Wirral Advanced Motorcyclists attend the Wirral Egg run and handed out 1000 Spider-Ede cards to help spread awareness of our cause and DIPG. Thank you to all who helped do this as well as the riders who wore our Spider-Ede t-shirts.

We also had Lorraine Jamieson-turton bag packing in Tesco in Rock Ferry for us today and raised another £164! Thank you Lorraine for taking your Sunday out to do this for us!

The Derby Arms in Rock Ferry have been collecting spare change and also held a raffle and have raised a total of £1500! A huge thank you to Alex and June for all their efforts.

We also collected various collection tubs from around the area and want to just list a few thank yous to both the shop and their customers for raising vital funds for us:
Family Shopper, Higher Bebington; Parkwood Nursery, Bidston; Sals Barbers; Mr Rooke’s family and friends; Harbour Pub, New Brighton; 8th Bebington Rainbow Guides; Eileen Stading and friends at her club; Lady Lever, Port Sunlight; Screwfix, Birkenhead; Co-op (Church Road and Teehay Lane); Hayes Travel, Bebington; Birkenhead and New Ferry Callers Office; The Oval, Bebington; Woodchurch Cricket Club; The Tap, West Kirby; Mendall Court Care Home; The Hair Company.

Our two main events of note for the forthcoming week are
#BakeForEdie on Friday 23rd – we’re hoping for as many offices/organisations/places of work and even communities to hold a bake sale to help us raise not just vital funds but awareness as well. We know of bake sales happening across Wirral, some in Liverpool, Cardiff, Hampshire, but we need more of you involved! Even if it’s a case of buy some cakes from a local shop and take them into work and get everyone to pay a £1 for one! Explain what it’s for. Let’s get more people talking about DIPG.

Then on Sunday we have the Princess and Superhero fun day at the Octel Club in Bromborough. Let’s hope the snowing and cold weather has gone by then!!

We want to wish Richie Hellon good luck as he’ll be starting his long walk from Tranmere to Dover next Sunday, and also the children who have swimming lessons with AquaSafe, who are all doing a sponsored swim next weekend.

Apologies if we’ve missed anyone out. Please let us know in the comments below. If you are holding a fundraiser or wish to, please email so that we can send you our ePack and get you on our events calendar.

Donate online:
Or text EDIE03 £(amount up to 10) to 70070

Bake for Edie on 23rd March

Bake for Edie - writable poster

On 23rd March we are hoping that people around the nation and beyond will hold a bake sale for Edie, to help raise funds for the appeal and awareness of DIPG. 3 year old Edie Molyneux is currently in Mexico receiving treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. This is a very rare but horrible fatal disease where just 25-30 children per year are diagnosed in the UK. That’s a classroom full per year. It’s rare but not rare enough.

So please join us all in getting involved by holding a bake sale. Cakes, biscuits, even savoury bakes! We have a poster below that you can download, print off and put up around your place of work or community, and we’d love to see your photos of cakes and bakes. We’re trying to spread awareness and with your help we can do that even more.

Any monies raised can be deposited directly into our Spider-Ede Appeal Halifax bank account using the details below
Sortcode: 11-00-54
Account No: 13747967

Please contact if you deposit via the bank account so that it can be noted and added to our offline donations list.

Alternatively you can pay via our JustGiving fundraising page set up for the Bake For Edie day at

School Non-Uniform Days

We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of help and support that our appeal has fostered from the community, and this is especially true of a number of our local schools, some of whom have raised many hundreds of pounds. Whilst there are a lot of different ways that a school can fundraise, one of the simplest is the classic non-uniform day. Parent’s are invited to send their children into school in their own clothes and they make a donation of £1 to do so. With several hundred pupils in the average school this can soon add up to a large donation pool, without costing individuals a great deal of effort or money.

So far the following schools have helped the Spider-Ede Appeal with non-uniform days (or Super Hero days, or similar), or have one planned, and we wish to thank them for their support:

  • Higher Bebington Junior School.
  • Brackenwood Juniors.
  • Townfield Primary School.
  • Greasby Primary School.
  • Heswall Primary School.
  • Church Drive Primary School.
  • Prenton Preparatory School.
  • Well Lane Primary School.
  • St. Joseph’s Primary School.
  • Raeburn Infant School.
  • Saint Andrew’s Primary School.
  • Bidston Avenue Primary School.
  • St. Michael and All Angels Primary School.
  • Egremont Primary School.
  • St. Werburghs Primary School (cake sale, bring and buy, odd sock day).
  • William Stockton Primary School.
  • Wolverham Primary School (Superhero Day).
  • Town Lane Infants School.
  • Christ Church (CofE) Primary School (Superhero day) – planned for Friday, 16 March.

Please let us know if your school has held a fundraiser for Spider-Ede, we’d love to thank them for their efforts. Or, if your school has something planned then please let us know that too, we’ll do our best to help promote the event.

John Hammond’s Stadium Run

So as you all know John Hammond has been doing lots of things to help raise awareness for DIPG, and fundraising for Edie. John is also on RADIO CITY TALK LIVE at 2:20pm today to talk about his latest venture!! He’s planning a stadium run, you can read his statement below! Thank you once again John, you’re a hero!! 🙌🏻

“My plan to run from Man City to Man Utd to Goodison and finishing at Anfield on the 3rd March to help raise £1000 for young Edie is still a definite goer but my idea of getting a £250 donation off each club is definitely not a goer 😭 Liverpool and Man City have said No, and no replies from the other 2 clubs. I knew it would be a long shot getting £250 out of these millionaire clubs but I won’t give up just yet.

Radio City Talk have invited me into the tower tomorrow afternoon to talk about my idea and I will be using this to plea to the clubs and also rich footballers, rich local businesses, rich local entrepreneurs, anyone who’s got a few bob 😬 I definitely won’t be asking for a penny off the people out there who donate and help me each and every time I come up with something.

I already have £400 donated from 2 local businesses in Carpenters Solicitors and Natalie Henshaw bootcamp 66 so huge thank you to them.

If anyone has any ideas or would like to help out in any way please feel free to send me a message 👍”
Here’s a map of John’s run too so you can see how far he’s going to go!! ❤️💙

Stadium Map Run

Race at your Pace Challenge – February

After their successful completion of the Race at your Pace challenge in January, sisters Anne-Marie and Leighann Hazler have decided to do this again for February. That means another 75 miles to be completed each throughout the month.

You can sponsor them for this event on their fundraiser page at

Good luck to both of them! We’ll add comments to this page for each weekly update so come back to keep up to date with their progress.

‘Liverpool One Big Fundraiser’ with live entertainment

On Sunday 28, January we’ll be in Liverpool One from 11am to 3pm with our buckets doing collections for our Spider-Ede!

This will feature awesome live acoustic performances from some of the best singers in Liverpool … you really don’t want to miss hearing these guys perform:

  1. Marc Kenny 11.15-12.00
  2. Dan Brereton 12.00-12.30
  3. Jade Thunder 12.30-1.00
  4. Ethan Allen 1.00-1.30
  5. Georgie Hill 1.30-2.00
  6. Marc Kenny 2.00-3.00

If you’re out and about in town shopping, or even at work, pop along and say hello to us! We look forward to seeing you all!

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